The photochallenge prompt woke me up from my blogging slumber (hibernation rather!) here’s how the challenge was described.
“While foreign (rightly so) often brings up images of things outside of your own nation, it can also apply to things outside of or different from your normal environment, or even something which is out of place in general.”
The term “foreign” is still holds much weight in many communities in india, even in globalized economy. Being ‘foreign returned’ adds a feather in a person’s cap. Products brought on foreign trips are still valued higher than those available in local markets. I think since India has been on many trade routes throughout its history, Indians are amused , enchanted and attracted to products from distant shores :).
The City Palace is a palace complex in Udaipur, Rajasthan in India, Built in 1559 on the banks of lake pichola. It was amazing to see products from all parts of the world used in construction or brought in over the course of years to decorate the palace.
This picture was taken in the Mor-chauk (courtyard ). the projected balcony is flanked by beautiful glass mosaics, apparently the glass was brought in from belgium. The courtyard was made somewhere in the 1700’s.
So were these spikes on the dome made from Belgian glass.
The following picture is from a part of the palace known as ‘Chini Chitrashala’ (chinese art place) decorated with white and blue tiles from Holland and China.
In 2009, Udaipur was rated the top city in the World’s Best Awards by travel+leisure. If you are visiting India and Rajasthan in your travels do add the city of udaipur to your list of must see places.